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Girls Jun 04, 2015

Fellow FC Virginia teams clash in U-12 Girls State Cup Final

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(Via Reader Submission) – The 2015 Virginia State Cup U-12 Girls Final was an all-FC Virginia affair on Sunday in Fredericksburg, as FCV Ashburn Explosion defeated FCV United 1-0 in a tough defensive battle.

Abby Jackson netted the only goal of the match, a 25-yard rope late in the first half. United attacked in waves in the second half looking for the equalizer but the Explosion defense buckled down to preserve the clean sheet.

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“All weekend my girls played as hard as they have ever played,” said Explosion coach Dax Gay, who has coached many of the players since ages 5 and 6. “The fight, the determination – these kids are amazing. I am extremely proud and very happy for them.”

FCV Ashburn played the Richmond Kickers the day before in an epic semifinal battle. After falling behind 0-2 in the first 4 minutes on a corner and a penalty kick, FCV team stuck-in and took control of the game. Isabella (Izzy) Unrath promptly converted a PK of her own, then Izzy knocked in a rebound on a free kick from Caroline Gay. Jackson hit the third goal to take the lead for FCV before Kickers tied it at the the end of regulation to make it 3-3, sending the game into overtime. Emily Pendleton hit a beautiful 30-yard game winner to send Explosion (4-3 OT) onto the State Cup Finals, where they met their sister team FCV United, which beat SYA Cardinals Red 2-0 in the other semifinal.

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The FCV United and Explosion rosters will primarily comprise the FC Virginia U-13 Pre-ECNL player pool for the 2015-16 season.